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Anybody watch the new HBO series Life's Too Short? It is hilarious!
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Old 02-20-2012, 04:04 PM
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I literally have not laughed so hard in a long, long time. I love the way in which Warwick Davis constantly clings to two particular film roles as the defining moments of his life, and how he deludes himself into thinking that he has close friends in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

Liam Neeson's cameo was absolutely hilarious.

I don't know why, but I was laughing for ten minutes straight when Davis was explaining how his life could be much worse. It was his "I'm not riddled with AIDS" line that really got me.

This mockumentary has a lot of potential.
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Awesome start to the show, though not nearly as cringe-inducing as some of Gervais' other shows. I too loved Liam's cameo. Even Gervais' beginning to the quickly-aborted comedy skit was funny: "Oh no not you again."
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I DVRed it... haven't watched it. Had some satellite outage last night due to weather so had to reshuffle some things around but should be able to watch it tonight.

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Old 02-21-2012, 04:05 PM
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there's something mean-spirited and demeaning about Gervais brand of humor that turns me off. a lot of what he tries to pass off as being politically incorrect and transgressive is in fact just a thin cover for being an a-hole. I think he has a lot of talent but he trains it on easy targets.

to see what I mean, watch Louis CK.
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there's something mean-spirited and demeaning about Gervais brand of humor that turns me off. a lot of what he tries to pass off as being politically incorrect and transgressive is in fact just a thin cover for being an a-hole. I think he has a lot of talent but he trains it on easy targets.

I've only seen the first episode, but in this particular show I think Gervais is meant to look like an a-hole. I think it works well relative to the tribulations that the egocentric Warwick Davis is going through.
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I can't speak to what Gervais is like in real life... but on the shows like this where is is a jerk... I think it is pretty clear that he is supposed to be a jerk.

I mean... the audience is suppose to react to him and think "what a jerk"... so it is clearly the intent that his character is not supposed to be sympathetic.

Contrast this to his original TV show "The Office" where his character (David Brent) sometimes was offensive BUT clearly he was shown to be remorseful, if a bit naive and oblivious, to the offenses... so that character was sympathetic since he didn't mean to be a jerk.

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For whatever reason, my directv DVR isn't showing tonight's episode 2 as scheduled to record despite the fact that I've set it to record the series. Manually hitting record via the guide had put tonight's episode in the queue, but you may want to double check your DVR too. Same thing for episode 3.
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For whatever reason, my directv DVR isn't showing tonight's episode 2 as scheduled to record despite the fact that I've set it to record the series. Manually hitting record via the guide had put tonight's episode in the queue, but you may want to double check your DVR too. Same thing for episode 3.

Do you have your DVR set with an option of "new episodes only"? Since this was previously on BBC, it might not be marked as a new show.
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Old 02-26-2012, 07:58 PM
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Do you have your DVR set with an option of "new episodes only"? Since this was previously on BBC, it might not be marked as a new show.

Well that's probably it, isn't it? Thanks.
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Just watched the second episode. I liked it more than the first for sure. I laughed a lot during this episode.

Will keep watching.
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Another good one.

Warwick's assistant is so weird.
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Never notice Johnny Depps teeth are messed up?
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Part 3 was good. Interesting TV.

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Another good one.

Warwick's assistant is so weird.

She is! She's a hoot for sure
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Tremendous episode last night.

I laughed basically all the way through.

Although, I did miss his secretary. She always makes me laugh as well. Hopefully she returns next week.
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Tremendous episode last night.

I laughed basically all the way through.

Same here. I like the way Warwick maintains the notion that his celebrity status should yield him six-foot tall supermodels rather than dwarfs like himself.

The slow motion recap of him falling in the restaurant was perfect.

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Although, I did miss his secretary. She always makes me laugh as well. Hopefully she returns next week.

I also missed her. She is a most unconventional character.
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Johnny Depp's episode was hilarious. Helena Bonham Carter's was ok. Warick's characterization is spot on, very subtle comic timing. Who knew.

I don't lurk as much as I used to and I NEVER listen. Comes from being old and cynical.

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Good episode last night.

I was LMAO during the washer scene. Cheryl just kept to herself during the whole process of dumping the old (new) washer.
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Warwick using Cat Deeley to clean up his place after her refusal to go along with his lies was really funny. I would love to hire her if I had the money.

The finale is already upon us. Life's too short, but so is this show.
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I've had several laugh-out-loud moments during this series.

I know it is a comedy, but I also feel sorry sometimes for the new girlfriend because Warwick keeps being ready to toss her overboard if he thinks he can do better. It's funny because I've known people who behaved like him, thought they were being done wrong, while they were doing others worse.

Loved how he was calling Danielle Radcliffe and Emma Watson, but then the other dude (forget his name, the red-haired actor) heard about the party and wanted to come Warwick dissed him the same way the others were dodging Warwick.

Gervais & Merchant really seem to have their fingers on the pulse of some very simple human behaviors as this kind of stuff keeps showing up in different ways in all of their scripted series.

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Warwick is doing a tremendous job on this show. His double-takes at the camera when he's in yet another embarrassing situation are classic. I love his assistant, too. "Is this microwave, um, radioactive?"

At the beginning of the series, it seemed that Gervais and Merchant's roles would be to poke fun at Warwick and act conceited. However, they are not averse to playing the fools, either, as in the Carell video call debacle.

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This is a bang up awesome series. Davis does a *great* job of doing the infamous Gervais painfully-awkward-and-not-self-aware-embarassing moments, which, in the first couple episodes felt like we were watching a miniature Gervais do it. But as the season progressed Warwick really took it on as his own and did a damn fine job with it. I (hope) can't wait for Season 2.

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I hope there's a season 2. This show deserves it, especially when HBO cancelled three 30 minute sitcoms last year.
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This week's episode was hilarious, especially his friends discussing their preferred method of suicide. "Wanking Accident!"

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This week's episode was hilarious, especially his friends discussing their preferred method of suicide. "Wanking Accident!"

Doug

Wait, Doug.

There was a new episode on Sunday?

I must have had a DVR schedule conflict and not recorded it.
I wish I saw it. I'll try and catch a re-run.
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Wait, Doug.

There was a new episode on Sunday?

I must have had a DVR schedule conflict and not recorded it.
I wish I saw it. I'll try and catch a re-run.

No it was at the party. The 3 out of work actors discussing their preferred method of suicide. The first 2 spoke of plebian methods, the third mimiced hanging himself and said, I guess I'd choose a wanking accident. The other 2 got right on board, saying they'd reconsidered and would go that way too. Then one got up cuz he had to have a wank, then they all got up.

I don't lurk as much as I used to and I NEVER listen. Comes from being old and cynical.

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oh oh. Now I remember.

Thanks!
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Yeah... he was still talking about the previous Sunday's episode... this past weekend was a "skip" weekend... we get another new episode this coming Sunday night.

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Sorry. I just knew there was an episode I hadn't watched on my DVR, and assumed it was this week.

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Awesome episode tonight.

Love the style of comedy. I'll re-watch this one for sure.
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